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Poster: AshesRising Date: May 30, 2007 1:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when push comes to shove

lobster12:
I really, really appreciated this tune from the first time I ever heard it [and could only figure out about 10% of the words until I got them from Hunter's collection of lyrics, "A Box of Rain" (1990)] I think it is a classic Hunter tune that cuts through all the bullshit and digs deep into this experience of being human. In one respect I think it echoes the same sentiment he puts forth in "Truckin':"

"Most of the cats you meet on the street speak of True Love / MOST OF THE TIME THEY'RE SITTIN' AND CRYIN' AT HOME.." (I'm sure you must have crossed paths with them at the shows just as we cross cyberpath with a few of the same ones here at the Forum.)

I don't like cliche's but this tune reminds me of one in particular: "You can talk the talk but you can't walk the walk." (And may I add a personal bias and state for the record that the Grateful Dead have an audience/tribe of misfits/"whatever" that has the highest percentage of individuals that "walk the walk" than any other band that has ever existed. Exhibit number one: on a non-descript Tuesday evening "tigerbolt" drops the Jerry Band collection on our heads --- unsolicited act of kindness. Exhibit number two: within that thread "JodyC" drops an "8 or 9 compilation" on "Ducats" head -- once again, unsolicited.)

When I saw the complete set of lyrics for the first time it made me think of the experience that others here probably occassionally encountered as well --- the wild "rush" that would sometimes overwhelm me like 600 pounds of sin approx. 20-minutes after ingesting a psychotropic offering. Like a Dark Star jam similar to the one from Miami '74 the push became a shove and the Fear of coming apart at the seams would kick me in the ass and in that Fear I could feel like I was fallin', fallin,' fallin'......
And then as unexpectedly as the Fear from the overwhelming "rush" assaulted my being, it would vanish in thin air when the Light would shine forth through the faults in the clouds of the delusion. I guess sometimes a "shove" is really an "embrace." Jerry's composition for these lyrics seems rather whimsical and helps to draw upon the theme that sometimes it really could be an illusion regardless of how terrifying and REAL the Fear may seem.

I apologize for the long post and I should delete it but, fuck it, here it is. Yeah, I like the song. I wish Jerry would have composed a transition from "When Push Comes to Shove" into "Built to Last." --- AshesRising
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WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE

Shaking in the forest, what have you to fear?
Here there may be tigers to punch you in the ear
Blades of stainless steel, bats carved out of brick,
Knock you down and beat you up and give your ass a kick
When Push Comes To Shove, you're afraid of love

Shaking in the desert, wherefore do you cry?
Here there may be rattlesnakes to punch you in the eye
Shotguns full of silver, bullets made of glass,
String barbed wire at your feet and do not let you pass
When Push Comes To Shove, you're afraid of love

When Push Comes To Shove
When Push Comes To Shove
You're afraid of love
When Push Comes To Shove

Shaking in the bedroom, covers on your head
Cringing like a baby at the hand beneath the bed
Phantom in the closet, scratching at the door
The latest mystery killer that you saw on channel four
When Push Comes To Shove, you're afraid of love

Shaking in the garden, the fear within you grows
Here there may be roses to punch you in the nose
Twist their arms around you, slap you till you cry,
Wrap you in their sweet perfume and love you till you die
When Push Comes To Shove, you're afraid of love

When Push Comes To Shove
When Push Comes To Shove
You're afraid of love
When Push Comes To Shove
(@Robert Hunter Personal Archive, 1980-2007)
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Poster: lobster12 Date: May 30, 2007 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when push comes to shove

no apologies necessary. Glad to see others like the tune. i thought I was alone. Unfortunately, according to Blair jackson's book Jerry "didn't think it "rang true" and dumped it. Jackson also speculated that it might have hit too close to home with Jerry since he had so many relationships.

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Poster: snori Date: May 30, 2007 1:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: when push comes to shove

Thanks for posting the lyrics. It reminded me of my first impressions of the song, that by listing imaginary terrors that can't really harm you, 'bullets made of glass', roses that punch you in the nose', the singer is encouraging people who are scared of commitment to open themselves up to the joy of love.

Compare and contrast 'Don't need love'.